Selecting Programs by Category
There are other ways to select Programs, but here we'll
explain how to select programs by their category, such
as keyboard, organ, bass, or drum sounds.
For other ways to select Programs, see the "Playing
and editing Programs" chapter of the OG.
1. In the LCD screen, press the Category popup
See "b: Category popup button" on page 13.
The Category popup menu will appear.
2. Use the tabs at the left to select a category.
The space on the right will then show all of the
Programs in that category, in all of the internal banks.
3. Optionally, press one of the inner tabs to select a
sub‐category, to narrow the selection.
If any of the categories or sub‐categories can't be
selected, this means that no Programs have been
assigned to that category.
4. Select a Program from the list.
You can either touch the name of a Program in the list,
buttons, or use the Value dial. You
can play the highlighted Program from the keyboard
without leaving the popup.
5. If not all the items in the list can be shown in the
screen, use the scroll bars to view the rest of the
6. When you've found a Program you like, press the
OK button to close the dialog box. Then go ahead
Make sure to try out all of the controllers, too. For more
information, see "Using controllers to modify the
sound" on page 18.
Program Bank Contents
KRONOS ships from the factory with almost 1,800
Programs loaded into memory. Another 1,024 Program
slots are left open ("initialized") for your own
programming, or additional sound libraries. All of the
factory Programs can be over‐written with your own
edits, if desired–except for the GM banks.
Using controllers to modify the sound
Joysticks, ribbon, and switches
Notice the many controllers located on the left side of
the KRONOS' front panel. You can use all of these
controllers–including the joystick, vector joystick,
ribbon controller, and SW1/SW2 switches–to vary the
sound as you play. For more information on these
controllers, see their sections under "Front Panel" on
The result will differ for each Program or
Combination, so try them all out to see what each
controller does for the selected sound.
Program bank contents
SGX-1, EP-1, "best of" all EXi
GM2 main Programs
GM2 variation Programs
GM2 drum Programs
HD-1, including ambient drums
AL-1 and CX-3
MS-20EX & PolysixEX
Initialized HD-1 Programs
Initialized EXi Programs
Initialized HD-1 Programs
HD-1 and EXi Bank Types
EXi Programs are used for all synth engines except for
the HD‐1, including the AL‐1, CX‐3, STR‐1, MS‐20EX,
PolysixEX, MOD‐7, SGX‐1, and EP‐1.
Banks can contain either HD‐1 Programs or EXi
Programs, but not both. This assignment is fixed for
the Internal banks, but can be set separately for each of
the User banks with the Set Program User‐Bank Type
menu command on the Global P0: Basic page.
A Combination consists of up to sixteen Programs that
are split and/or layered together. It also uses up to four
KARMA modules simultaneously (a Program can use
only one KARMA module), letting you produce far
more complex sounds than a Program. To select
1. Press the COMBI button to enter Combination
The COMBI LED will light up.
Once you're in Combi mode, you can select and play
Combinations by either bank/number or category, in
the same way as you did Programs.
Control Surface overview
Notice the mixer‐like arrangement of sliders, knobs,
and switches on the left side of the front panel. This is
called the Control Surface. You can use it in a variety of
ways, such as editing sounds, controlling KARMA,
mixing, or sending MIDI messages to external devices.
For instance, to set up the Control Surface for quick
sound editing and controlling KARMA:
1. In the CONTROL ASSIGN section, press the RT
can be set
HD-1 or EXi.